Originally Posted by Willem
I'm practicing TI for more than one year now, took part on a workshop and TI made my stroke a lot smoother and relaxed!!
But lately I'm doubting about my head position.
According to the TI method, you always have to look straight down. Doing so, my head is totally submerged (but no chicken neck of course) and my legs are close to the surface. I swim with ease
but can 't swim fast (and being a triathlete,swimming fast AND relaxed is my goal)
Some very good swimmers suggested I should try to view at an 45° angle > when I did that, my legs didn't drop,
I found it easier to roll and pierce through the water
especially I had the feeling that I could swim a bit faster with the same ease.
> When I lifted my head a little more until I could look right before me (underwater of course), my legs dropped and it took me a lot more energy to swim, so this wasn't a good option for me and
my inflexible shoulders ;-)
So now I'm confused.To buil d more speed in my stroke would n't it be better to look at a 45°angle instead of straight down, which creates more resistance. The restriction here of course is that my legs or hip don't drop, so I do n't have to kick harder to hold my balance.
no I'm confused
why are you questioning looking down when you just told us
i think the guys say get a tempo trainer to increase your speed!
if you can look forward with being relaxed or straining the neck!
THEN I SAY GO FOR IT,
THAT'S JUST MY OPINION
and keep us updated!
some looking forward works!
and thanks for your post!
being a tri and learning the water environment ya can 't treat it like land,
so mentally you will be challenged
to tell yourself and focus on relaxing and easy does it
IS MORE NOT LESS!
remember Mark Spitz did n't care if he looked like the other swimmers!